News about seasonal changes at Filnore Woods and how to get involved as a volunteer, if you want to.
Filnore Woods is the Community Woodland for Thornbury in South Gloucestershire. It aims to provide a diverse range of habitats for wildlife, to give people a wild place to visit and to provide opportunities for education. Find them across the field behind Thornbury Leisure Centre, BS35 3JB.
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Not always easy to spot because of their habit of hiding under leaves, many spider species are at their peak. Many of the males will have died from exhaustion (you know how it is) but females will be preparing to lay their eggs in a cocoon of silk to overwinter, and hatch into spiderlings in the spring - as orphans, sadly. Webs show up well on misty mornings when the dew clings to them.
Quite often the Garden Cross Spider will sit in the centre of her web, waiting for an insect to fly into the trap.